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comfortable. abc7 news health and science reporter carolyn johnson has the details. >> ellen sue is all smiles when she plays with her newborn son. a smile that's actually improving thanks to evolving technology. >> today we will scan your feet. -- your teeth. >> she's been fitted for the popular invisaline braces. >> it's a departure from the traditional molds used by most orthodontists. >> now we can have digital models without taking the goopy impressions. >> first he reaches for the scanner that will photograph ellen's teeth. it's connected to a computer system that will ultimately beam the images from her practice in san francisco to the itera lab. over the next several minutes the doctor guides the camera around ellen's upper and lower jaw line. the device is completely optical. no radiation. >> see if we can get these areas here. >> step by step the camera builds a three-dimensional map of her teeth. the computer alerts the dentist if the section doesn't have a complete image so it can be rephotographed. >> it's very precise and very accurate. >> she said the process is typically quicke
. abc7 news health and science reporter carolyn johnson has the details. >> when most people see a stack of legos, you see this, and this guy sees building blocks of science. his campus used piles of them to construct their very own working lego microscope. >> the microscope essentially is made out of two lenses. the first one is here. >> they did need to fabricate a few specialty parts in the lab's 3d printer. a kind of computer easy bake oven that converts schools of snap-on objects like lens holders. the results, a working device built to answer all kinds of scientific questions except the one you may be asking yourself right now, why build a microscope out of legos at all? the answer is a new program just launched at ucsf. it's a course designed to change the way scientists think about their work. the director says one of the goals is to make research projects more practice by focusing on the end user. >> and having them work together in this idea-based way. brainstorming ideas. it brings a new dimension to the way that science can be done. >> as a test case, the team was tasked with
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